Allyson Felix pregnant? Not anymore. She's welcomed her new baby daughter into the world, and the public knew absolutely nothing about it. Now, she comes forth with the "scary" details regarding her child's birth.
Allyson Felix's Pregnancy Truth Comes Forth
"It was time to tell them what was really going on," Allyson states. "I'm pregnant."
Felix says her brother was excited for her, as well as relieved she was "not just slow." That was when she was only eight weeks along in her pregnancy though.
I thought I could keep the news to myself and my husband, Kenneth, for a little longer, that I'd still be winning races as long as I trained hard. I mean, Serena Williams won the Australian Open early in her pregnancy. If I had enough willpower, I should be able to do the same.
According to Allyson, she actually had everything planned out: her announcement, her outfit for the announcement, the story, etc. But then, "everything changed," Felix mentions.
She says there was swelling in her ankles, but she thought it was normal since she was in her third trimester. "Then the doctors told me my daughter was measuring a little small on her latest ultrasound," Allyson writes. "Still nothing to worry about."
But when she went for her 32-week checkup, the situation was a bit different. According to Felix, the doctor left her on the fetal monitor for over an hour. She says, any other time, it had been a quick "in and out" type of appointment.
'You Need To Go Now ... Right Now ...'
According to Allyson Felix, the doctor calmly advised her to go to a hospital to get check out. However, the athlete had a photo shoot planned for that day, and asked if it were okay to go afterward. The doctor reportedly responded, "No, you need to go now...right now."
"I immediately called my husband to let him know this was serious, and he should leave work and rush to the hospital," Allyson noted. "I called my brother Wes and told him we needed to cancel the shoot. He asked why and I didn't know what to say. I couldn't believe this was happening."
Yet, once Felix arrived at the hospital, she knew something was "very wrong."
"My blood pressure was way too high," Allyson mentions. "The baby's heart rate was decelerating. This was dangerous for both of us and if it didn't improve soon, I was going to have to deliver her by emergency C-section within 48 hours."
She said, in that moment, nothing else mattered to her but the health and well-being of her daughter. "I didn't care if I ever ran track again," Felix writes in the letter.
"I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about her. And I still couldn't believe any of this was happening. Honestly, I still can't."
All in all, little Camryn is okay, according to mother Allyson. However, each day is scary since her daughter is going to be in the hospital for a while.
"Every day that I'm there, it's scary," Felix elaborates. "The monitors are always beeping. All the parents are on edge. Sometimes babies that young just stop breathing and have to figure out how to start again. These little babies are fighting for their lives every second of the day. But they're finding a way to keep going and it's so inspiring."
Will Allyson Felix Return To The Track In 2020?
According to the runner's letter, that's still very much her plan. She intends on returning to the track and giving it all she's got.
"If I come back and I'm just not the same, if I can't make a fifth Olympic team, I'm gonna know that I fought, that I was determined, and that I gave it my absolute all," Allyson Felix explains regarding her pending return. "And if it doesn't end up the way I imagined in my head, it'll be OK. I just have to go for it, because that's just simply who we are now."
Whatever happens, we're proud of you, Allyson. You've never disappointed your fans. And no matter your decision, you won't disappoint us now either. Stay strong, Mama. You've got this.
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